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Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Macau

Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Macau

19/06/2020 The world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and tourism is one of the worst affected sectors globally. According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), international tourism fell by 22% in the first quarter of 2020 and this decline could extend to 80% throughout the year. This plunge is not a direct

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Turkmenistan: Celebrating 25 Years of Neutrality

Turkmenistan: Celebrating 25 Years of Neutrality

17/06/2020 In December 1995, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously endorsed Turkmenistan’s unique status of neutrality. Thenceforward the status has defined and guided its foreign policy, broadly characterised by the principles of non-interference and non-participation in any military associations and alliances. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of such an occasion, this article considers the origins, evolution

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A Green Sino-European focus in the aftermath of Covid-19

A Green Sino-European focus in the aftermath of Covid-19

10/06/2020 Ever since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, China has had a different approach than the European Union (EU) on how to combat the virus. As the EU is an economic and political union, health protection and healthcare systems are a responsibility of the EU Member States. Therefore, slightly different approaches in fighting the

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Uzbekistan’s Economic Resilience in the Face of COVID-19

Uzbekistan’s Economic Resilience in the Face of COVID-19

09/06/2020 As COVID-19 continues to make itself felt throughout the world, it is becoming clear that some states, and furthermore, some regions are affected differently and at different times. Despite many of the CARs (Central Asian Republics) bordering directly with China, it took roughly two to three additional months for it to be transmitted to

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Is the European Commission Contradicting its Own Principles in the New Anti-Money Laundering List?

Is the European Commission Contradicting its Own Principles in the New Anti-Money Laundering List?

08/06/2020 On 7 May 2020, the European Commission presented: An Action Plan for a Comprehensive EU policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing A revised methodology for listing high-risk third countries A new delegated act identifying 12 additional countries with strategic Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) deficiencies. This delegated

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Rhetoric vs. Reality: SEZs under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

Rhetoric vs. Reality: SEZs under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

03/06/2020  The China-Pakistan relationship is described as “higher than the Himalayas, sweeter than honey and stronger than steel”. Both sides trumpet CPEC (the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) which is arguably the crown jewel of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Behind the rhetoric of “win-win” cooperation, a sober analysis shows that this gargantuan task comes with

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Meeting in the Middle: The EU and Japan in Central Asia

Meeting in the Middle: The EU and Japan in Central Asia

21/05/20 In the fall of 2019, the EU-Japan Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure (hereafter the EJCP) was signed, building on the already existing agreements between the two countries: the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). The EJCP signals a push for greater cooperation between the two actors. One thus

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“The Health Silk Road”: Implications for the EU under Covid-19

“The Health Silk Road”: Implications for the EU under Covid-19

29/04/2020 Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, China’s Communist Party (CCP) has quickly tried to turn this crisis into a geo-economic opportunity, swiftly moving the attention from being the source of the virus to the one offering solutions. In the process, Beijing has been employing soft power tools such as mask diplomacy. Seizing the

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The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: South Korea’s Strategic Challenges

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific: South Korea’s Strategic Challenges

22/04/2020 The Asia-Pacific landscape has lately been the theatre of further competing hegemonic visions resulting from China’s ‘great power’ status pursuit and the US’ subsequent ‘rebalance’ towards Asia. China’s rise has not only been questioning US global leadership and its role as security guarantor but also enabled China to assert increasing political and economic influence

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